Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
It's been a LONG time since I have played with watercolors! My husband has dropped little tidbits of encouragement over the years to try my hand at painting, but I have been hesitant. Until now...
A few weeks ago I found my Christmas stocking stuffed with watercolors, brushes, and a watercolor journal. I decided to give it a try a few days ago and the Corn Cockle flower on the left is the result. I still need lots and lots of practice, but I'm looking forward to it!
The next day, I looked at the journal page and I started thinking that there was more I could do with it.... something with it on fabric... I am a fiber artist, right? :-)
First, I thought up this simple, little poem. I typed it out, chose a great font and messed with it a little bit. Then I printed it on a piece of fabric. After it dried, I over-dyed it to make it look vintage. A good pressing, set all the dye.
Next, I traced my Corn Cockle from my journal onto a another piece of fabric. I played around with the dyes like they were watercolors and "painted" my flower all over again.
I appliqued the flower to my background piece with the poem and layered it with batting and backing so I could quilt it. I traced the Corn Cockle again and used it as a stencil for the shadow quilting. Lastly, I "bound" the edges with jute.
The entire process was really fun, and I loved seeing it come together! The result is something totally different from my "norm".
So without further delay, here it is!
Here's a closeup to show some of the detail:
I'll keep you posted on my "experiments!"
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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